Hike Death Valley 2017
Explore two of the areas listed below and stop by the visitor center to earn your limited edition decal!
2017 Art Contest Winners!
We are please to announce the winners of the 2017 Hike Death Valley Art contest! We asked the winners, "what is your favorite things about Death Valley?"
First Place winners received an interagency annual pass and their work will be featured to promote #hikedeathvalley.
Ubehebe Crater LoopLength: 1.5 mile (2.4km) loop
Time: 1 hour round trip
Difficulty: Moderate. Exposed edges! Not good for those with a fear of heights.
Elevation Gain: 500 ft (152m)
Location: 8 miles (13km) west of Scotty's Castle
Parking: The paved lot directly overlooks the crater and is large enough for buses and large RV's.
Closest Restroom: No restrooms. Nearest restrooms are located at the unstaffed Grapevine Ranger Station 5 miles (8km) east of the crater.
Route: The hike is commonly done in a counter-clockwise direction where hikers begin with the uphill section first. Within 0.5 mi (0.8km) Little Hebe Crater comes into view and is a common destination for those looking for a shorter trip.
Natural BridgeLength: 1 mi (3.2km) out and back round trip
Time: 45 minutes round trip
Elevation Gain: 86 ft (26m)
Location: The unpaved Natural Bridge Road is 13.5 miles (22km) south of CA-190 on Badwater Road and is typically passable to sedans.
Parking: Open parking area large enough for buses and RV's.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilet located in parking lot.
Route: The route from the information sign up the canyon to the bridge formation is easy to follow but very rocky. The canyon continues a short distance beyond the bridge where it abruptly ends at a dry waterfall.
Time: 1.5 to 4.5 hours round trip depending on route
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation Gain: 535 ft to 834ft (163m to 254m)
Closest Restroom: Located in both parking lots
Route: A maze of canyons and badlands create hiking opportunities galore. Go to the Golden Canyon page for route details, map, and GPS data.
Mesquite Flat Sand DunesLength: 2 miles (3.2km) round trip out and back
Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation Gain: 185 ft (65m)
Location: Located in Stovepipe Wells Village 30 minutes (24mi/39km) west of Furnace Creek.
Parking: Paved lot with pull through spaces for buses and large RV's.
Closest Restroom: Vault toilets located in parking lot.
Route: The summit of the high dune is 1 mile (1.6km) each way. No formal trail. Of the seven sets of dunes in Death Valley, these are the most famous and accessible.
Last updated: September 28, 2017